1 star · adult

DNF Review: A Girl’s Guide to Landing a Greek God by Bill Fuller

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A Girl’s Guide to Landing a Greek God

author : bill fuller

pages : [paperback] 432

release date : april 8th 2016

summary :

When Angie’s big fat Greek wedding goes bust, her grandmother sends her on a trip to Greece with the instruction to set sail on a mysterious fishing boat that will take her to an uncharted island. Waiting for her at the dock is Milos, who’s charming and handsome and confesses he’s been crushing on her for years, even though he’s never met her. He also tells her he’s a descendant of the original Gods of Olympus, who are plotting their return to power.

Before she can say “Oh my God,” Angie is flying a winged horse alongside Milos and finding love in his arms. But there’s one little hitch: Milos’s elders are forcing him to marry a malevolent goddess named Electra to fulfill their plan. If Angie is to have any hope of hanging onto Milos, she’ll have to battle monsters, both reptilian and lipsticked; uncover secrets about her past; and go toe-to-toe with Zeus himself, whose recipe for world domination doesn’t call for a sassy girl from the outer boroughs.

review :

I downloaded a review copy of this book on Netgalley and am extremely grateful to Midnight Ink for approving my request. This in no way affected my review/opinions of the book.

I don’t think I’ve ever marked a book as DNF so early on in the story. I barely made it to 50 pages before I decided that A Girl’s Guide to Landing a Greek God wasn’t for me.

I was initially attracted to this book because the cover was awesome and I’m very interested in Greek myth; I love books about it and even took a course about it last semester. I’m all for modernizing these myths and making them more fun and accessible to people.

However . . . this book had a lot of problems for me. Maybe it stems from the fact that this is a man writing a “girl’s guide”. I’m all for authors writing from the viewpoint of someone completely different from who they are, but it has to be believable. You have to capture what it’s like to be a woman–and not only that, but a specific kind of woman, because Angie, like any character, is supposed to be unique. Instead she’s kind of all over the place. Here’s a line that I really had trouble with:

As Angie wound her way through the crowd, she found herself skipping.

Well, that was only one of the lines that took me out of the story. How old is Angie? Old enough to worry about marriage, kids, and ending up alone. Besides, in the context of this line, she isn’t even skipping toward anything fun. She’s just going to ask someone a question. Something else in the story that really knocked me out of the narrative was when Angie mentioned overhearing her grandmother having sex and just smiled about it. And wished that she had as many opportunities as her grandmother. No matter what your age, gender, or sex–who would really react like that?

In these 50 pages, the Greek God was only mysteriously alluded to a few times–and in all of them, he’s anxiously pining for the human he’s been obsessing over from afar. I didn’t stick with the book long enough to see why he started to watch her/want her so badly, out of these billions of humans, but . . I’m hoping it was a good reason.

I won’t be recommending this book, but maybe there’s a chance romance readers would be able to push through these pages to get to the bulk of the story. For me, and the reading goals I have for 2016, it just wasn’t worth continuing.

1/5 stars

5 stars · mythology · young adult

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes

a percy jackson and the olympians companion book

author : rick riordan

pages : [hardcover] 412

memorable quote Theseus put his club aside. He approached the Pine Bender and sized up the situation. He wasn’t as strong as Sinis. He didn’t have the ability to root himself to the earth. He didn’t even have a plan. But he glanced over at the girl Perigune, and his distractible brain started racing. A girl in the trees. A girl. A tree. Trees have spirits. I’m hungry. Wow, Sinis smells bad. A dryad. I bet the dryads in these trees are really tired of getting bent. Hey, there’s a chipmunk.

favorite character : our beloved narrator, percy jackson (and all of the little comments he says that annabeth makes)

summary :

Who cut off Medusa’s head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I’ve had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I’m going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan’s legions of devoted fans–and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you’ve got arrows in your quiver. We’re going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we’ll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let’s do this.

review :

What can I say that I haven’t already said in my raving over Percy Jackson? I mean, he’s the greatest demigod around (okay, Annabeth is, but she’d definitely let Percy think that he’s better just to make him feel better) and he’s infinitely funny, even when it comes to telling information that could come in a pretty boring format.

I’m taking a Greek Mythology course this semester at college and I have to say that I thought it would be much more interesting than it has been so far. We’re only skimming over the myths and, yes, I already know most of it because of Percy and co., making the lessons a little tedious. If we had this book as a textbook, I’m sure that many more people would have been clamoring to take this class. It was interesting that some of my assigned chapters, while I was reading Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes, were about heroes like Theseus and Heracles (otherwise known as Hercules) so I was able to compare the two lessons. Or stories. Percy’s versions definitely read more like a book, like modern myths. He makes it fun. It’s the kind of writing that would appeal to people of any age and I feel like if kids got this book, they would learn so much about myth without even realizing it. They’d have all of these heroes and gods in their heads, and then when they take a Greek Mythology class in college they can daydream through the lessons because they already know who the Olympians are.

Not that I condone that sort of thing (even though I think Percy would quietly support it and Annabeth definitely judge me for it).

One thing that I absolutely loved about this collection is that there are surprisingly a good number of female heroes included. Four out of twelve isn’t quite half, which would have been perfect, but, honestly, for the time period we’re talking about it’s awesome that ladies are getting some spotlight. And no damsels in distress, either; just like the men, they’re ready to fight for true love, their very lives, and freedom for themselves and others.

Percy’s wit and humor really make these stories come to life. It’s amazing that after so long, they’re still relevant, well-known, and being retold to another generation. I love Percy, and that this is a sneaky way of teaching people who otherwise wouldn’t bother to learn about these myths, and I can’t wait to see what Riordan puts out next.

And even though, apparently, Percy had to be bribed into writing this book, I think that he should definitely write another. Who doesn’t need two lifetime supplies of blue jellybeans?

5/5 stars

Fantasy · young adult

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle

Rebel Belle #1

Pages : [hardcover] 345

memorable quote I picked up the nearest weapon I could lay my hands on: a stapler. I lifted it, going for “menacing.” I admit it lacked a certain elegance, but hey. It was worth a shot.

favorite character : harper

summary :

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.

review :

I have to admit that this book completely surprised me and blew me away. Ten pages in, I was ready to give up. Fifteen in and I just couldn’t put it down! Rebel Belle is like Legally Blonde meets Star Wars meets Greek mythology. If that can’t convince you to try this then I don’t know what would!

Rachel Hawkins is an author I’ve been meaning to try out for a while and after reading this I think I’ve fallen in love with her writing style. How an author writes is a huge point in how much I’m going to enjoy their books and I have a feeling I’m going to gobble up everything she’s written up to this point, immediately.

This book contains some of the best characters I’ve read about in a while. I didn’t care for Harper and David’s hate relationship at the beginning (seems to be based on . . nothing?) but they were interesting as individuals. Originally, I disliked Harper. She wasn’t my kind of girl. But then she kind of turned badass. She’s extremely loyal to her friends, wants to do well by her parents, and basically tries to be nice to everyone even when she knows that they’re being rude to her face. I was misjudging her, the same way most of the people in the book seem to get the wrong idea about her. David was an eccentric nerd, as I’d expected, but (surprise!) he had depth to him and that was awesome.

And the plot. Surprisingly unpredictable, even when it . . . is. Hear me out: The characters themselves recognize where the big showdown/finale is going to happen. Harper and the other rich, frivolously Southern girls in school are preparing for Cotillion both before and after Harper gets her Paladin powers. And everyone recognizes that the bad guys are big fans of obnoxious gestures of power so they know they’re going to save their worst until Cotillion night. It’s the kind of build-up you can always see coming in books and these characters actually acknowledged it themselves and appropriately prepared for the moment and still managed to make it exciting and action-packed.

I would recommend this book to anyone. If you start reading it and don’t think it’s for you, don’t worry–just keep on reading and soon you won’t be able to put it down until you’re finished! And then you’ll immediately reach for book two, like I did.

5/5 stars

World-Building: 85%
Writing: 97%
Action: 100%
Characters: 95%
Plot: 97%
Overall: 94.8%

3 stars · fiction · young adult

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

The Chaos of Stars

author : kiersten white

pages : [hardcover] 277

memorable quote I do believe in fate and destiny, but I also believe we are only fated to do the things that we’d choose anyway.

favorite character : ry

summary :

Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy, is back with The Chaos of Stars—an enchanting novel set in Egypt and San Diego that captures the magic of first love and the eternally complicated truth about family.

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you’re the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she’s only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there’s no such thing as a clean break from family.

Blending Ally Carter’s humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there’s no place like home.

review :

If there’s anything I can’t resist it’s a book that says it references mythology. The Chaos of Stars tells the tale of children of gods, but not one like those seen out there in the industry today. These kids have no powers, no destiny, no immortality. Imagine how it would be, a human living among the immortal and powerful gods. That’s Isadora’s life and she’s tired of it. As soon as she found out that her parents weren’t willing to save her, allowing her to not only die a mortal death but to decorate her tomb, she tries to cut herself off from her family.

Unfortunately for her, the gods don’t want her to get away so easily. Her mother remains controlling and something dark, evil, and able to kill a god is lurking in Isadora’s dreams.

This story was fairly simple. I knew going in that it was a standalone, which was kind of shocking to me because most books today have a million installments and the plot here moves slow. I mean, slow. So much happens in the last twenty pages of the book because of that molasses buildup. In the beginning, I enjoyed it. I wanted to get to know Isadora’s home life and what the Egyptian gods were like in their ‘modern’ forms, in relation to her. Learning more about Egyptian mythology (with snarky quips from Isadora about how these myths lend to the modern day) was a lot of fun. But as soon as she got to America, I didn’t see the need for anything but speed.

Despite how much the mythology and the way gods were portrayed captured my interest, the book was painfully predictable. I’m not entirely sure if any of it was really supposed to be a plot twist. Well, there was an attempt for a red herring, which didn’t quite work, and another ‘twist’ about her relationship with one of her friends that Isadora found out about oh, thirty pages from the end, and I called from the very moment she met this kid.

Still, I enjoy Kiersten White’s writing. I loved her Paranormalcy trilogy and while this definitely wasn’t a favorite for me, I’ll read more by her. Next time, though, I’ll be checking it out of the library.

Mythology: 100%
Writing: 70%
Characters: 80%
Action: 65%
Plot: 70%
Overall: 77%

3/5 stars

5 stars · Fantasy · series · young adult

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

*** Do NOT read this review if you haven’t started the Heroes of Olympus series! It won’t spoil The Blood of Olympus, but the summary may spoil the previous books in the series! Go read them and then come back to tell me what you think!***

The Blood of Olympus

The Heroes of Olympus #5

Book 1: The Lost Hero
Book 2: The Son of Neptune
Book 3: The Mark of Athena
Book 4: The House of Hades

author : rick riordan

pages : [hardcover] 516

memorable quote :
“Like your zodiac sign?” Percy asked. “I’m a Leo.”
“No, stupid,” Leo said. “I’m a Leo. You’re a Percy.”

favorite characters : percy & annabeth

summary :

Though the Greek and Roman crew members of theArgo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it “might” be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

review :

I am so incredibly sad knowing that this is the final book in The Heroes of Olympus series. Not because of how it was executed (I’ve heard that some people are very disappointed, but I loved how it came out) but because it means I need to say goodbye to Percy and the gang. I’m not quite ready for that yet, after reading this and the previous Percy Jackson series, for years, so I’m going to keep living in denial.

The Blood of Olympus is our big finale, though it made me so mad that the demigod who started it all, Percy, doesn’t get even one chapter from his point of view. Sure, there’s plenty of his sass and bad jokes shown from other people’s perspectives, but I miss hearing Percy speak for himself. This was one of my only pet peeves with this book.

The other is that it seemed rushed. I don’t know if more should have been put into other books to make this one go more smoothly or if there should have been a sixth book just so major events could be given more time in the novel. I felt like gigantic things we’ve been waiting forever to see and hear about were just casually mentioned and didn’t hold as much significance as they should have in the book.

But onto the good things! I loved seeing how much the characters have developed, especially ones like Percy, Annabeth, and Nico, because we can compare them to when they were even younger and more inexperienced. This is the book that really made me like Nico a lot; before I don’t think I really understood why everyone was so fascinated by him. When he got to have his own quest off with Reyna and had plenty of chapters to speak for himself, I started to respect and like him a lot more.

And the new characters–I loved them, too. Honestly, most of them are on the same level for me (apart from Leo. I could hear from Leo all day!) but I liked all of them for different reasons. Most of all, I loved seeing some of them grow more confident, some of them be humbled, and others come into powers they’d never even known they could have. They were just so interesting to read about!

I’m going to hold this series in my heart for a very long time and I think I’ll be recommending it forever. It’s a set of books that any age could enjoy–there’s adventure, romance, suspense, action, danger, and death. Basically, anything you could want (or love to hate) about a series, wrapped into one. With plenty of sarcastic commentary along the way.

5/5 stars

 

5 stars · Fantasy · series · young adult

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

 *** DO NOT READ book summary or review if you have not read the rest of this series! It will not spoil House of Hades, but discussing the book may spoil the previous books. Just know that everyone should read this series!! ***

The House of Hades

The Heroes of Olympus Book 4

Book 1: The Lost Hero
Book 2: The Son of Neptune
Book 3: The Mark of Athena

author : rick riordan

pages : [hardcover] 597

memorable quote Tell the sun and stars hello for me.

favorite characters : percy & annabeth

summary :

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

review :

I think it’s obvious by now that I love and always will love the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan. As this spin-off series comes to a close, I’m convinced that I’ll forever love the Heroes of Olympus books as well. It isn’t just the writing; I tried to read one of his other series and just couldn’t get into it. I love these characters so much and they’re the ones that make it such a pleasure to read.

Of course I adore Percy and Annabeth, so reading so much about them in this book was GREAT . . . even if we were hearing so much because they were trapped in Tartarus. Basically the worst place in the universe and they’re forced to fight their way through it. At least they’re together, right? But that makes for some truly heartbreaking scenes and this book out of the four I’ve read thus far is the one that’s made me the most emotional. Even though I was glad to see more of Percy’s sass in here, despite their gloomy setting.

I don’t know how everyone else feels about these new characters but I’ve grown to love them as well. I don’t think that I could pick out any specific one that I love. I like Leo for his sense of humor, Hazel for her strength, Piper and Jason’s relationship. I want to give Frank a big hug–and also have him teach me archery. Their group is so diverse, funny, and strong that I can’t help but root for all of them! I want them to get the happy endings they deserve.

I think that Riordan is great at balancing the suspense and action of this book against the comedic moments with the characters. This book begins to reference some of the events of the original series, which makes me want to immediately pull those out and read them over again. It reminded me of little moments that I’d completely forgotten about and made me so nostalgic, just as I’m sure it did to Percy and Annabeth.

If you’re a fan of the previous books, this one won’t disappoint you. I’m so glad that I finally got around to reading it. I’d recommend it to anyone!

5/5 stars

5 stars · Fantasy · series · young adult

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

 

The Mark of Athena

The Heroes of Olympus #3
Book 1: The Lost Hero
Book 2: The Son of Neptune

author : rick riordan

pages : [hardcover] 608

favorite characters : percy & annabeth

memorable quote “We’re staying together,” he promised. “You’re not getting away from me. Never again.”

IF YOU HAVE NOT READ BOOKS ONE AND TWO, THIS SUMMARY AND REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! But it will definitely not spoil The Mark of Athena.

summary :

Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close—the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare….

review :

Ahhhhhhh! Rick Riordan is amazing! I seriously cannot get enough of these books!

It took me a while to get to the third book in this series. Why? I had the ending spoiled for me, so that devastated me for a while. But now that the entire series is out, I’m terrified that the fourth and fifth books will be spoiled, so I decided to finally press on with these great books. I know that this will be something that, like the original Percy Jackson books, I’ll come back to read again and again. These awesome adventures are just so much fun and are filled with great characters that I’ve come to know and love.

I really like the way that the characters new to this series have been interacting with old favorites like Annabeth and Percy. Not to mention that Percy and Annabeth are FINALLY getting to unite!!! This is the moment that fans have been waiting for! And it’s just done so perfectly. I laughed, I maybe cried a little . . . and most of all I remembered why I love these heroes so much!

Riordan loves to take old myths and do a modern spin with them and I can’t say that I complain. I love learning about new portions of mythology that I either never heard of or had forgotten about! I think that this is a great series to spark anyone’s imagination and get them interested in myth and legend. Because while everyone has heard of fantastical figures like Hercules, they may not be familiar with all of the characters thrown into this book.

I’d recommend this book for everyone. Seriously. I can’t get enough of these books! I really need to get to the next book because like the rest of this series The Mark of Athena leaves you needing to know what’s going to happen next. I have no idea what could happen in these adventures but can’t wait to find out!

5/5 stars

3 stars · fiction · romance · young adult

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed

author : josephine angelini

pages : [hardcover] 487

memorable quote : You’ve got the killer instincts of a houseplant.

favorite characters : claire & jason

summary :

How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

review :

This book had a really interesting premise! I’ve been really into fairy tale retelling or tales dealing with mythology lately and this was a book that caught my eye a while ago. I finally had the chance to pick it up! Unlike other books I’ve read, this one alludes to the story of Helen of Troy. Our main character, appropriately named Helen, knew she was always different but never knew just how different until the Delos family came into town. That was where some of the originality of the tale went downhill. There were so many great things that could have happened from this idea-feuding families, starcrossed lovers, the works-and I feel like it was all dumbed down to be the teen novel every author seems to think will become a big hit now.

That said, my disappointment didn’t make me completely hate the book. I’m still really invested in the series and now I want to see how everything pans out. I’m hoping that Helen will gain a little more courage and a lot more sense. I’m hoping everyone will stop creeping outside her window. Yes, this is one of those books where boys watching girls while they sleep is glorified instead of made creepy under the pretense of keeping them safe. It kind of felt like this premise was dulled down because everything that’s considered a hit in the YA book industry right now was written into the plot.

There were also some things in this book that didn’t make sense to me, like the fact that nobody noticed people (I won’t say who) flying around the island. At night, okay, I’ll give them that, but they did it in broad daylight! Taking off and landing at houses! Do they not understand how high up people can see these people coming down from the sky and then get a little curious?

Overall, there were little things about this book that I liked. The minor characters did a lot more for me than the major ones. I really liked the ending and some of the fight scenes. And I’m definitely going to read the second book, just to see what happens and see if it all gets better.

3/5 stars

3 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · young adult

Discord’s Apple by Carrie Vaughn

Discord’s Apple

author : carrie vaughn

pages : [hardcover] 299

favorite characters : evie & sinon

memorable quote “Have you thought about going insane?” It would seem like a reasonable thing to do, given his circumstances.

“Did once. Got boring, so I snapped out of it.”

summary :

When Evie Walker goes home to spend time with her dying father, she discovers that his creaky old house in Hope’s Fort, Colorado, is not the only legacy she stands to inherit. Hidden behind the old basement door is a secret and magical storeroom, a place where wondrous treasures from myth and legend are kept safe until they are needed again. The magic of the storeroom prevents access to any who are not intended to use the items. But just because it has never been done does not mean it cannot be done.

And there are certainly those who will give anything to find a way in.

Evie must guard the storeroom against ancient and malicious forces, protecting the past and the future even as the present unravels around them. Old heroes and notorious villains alike will rise to fight on her side or to undermine her most desperate gambits. At stake is the fate of the world, and the prevention of nothing less than the apocalypse. In the same month, along with this all-new hardcover, Tor will publish a new novel in Carrie Vaughn’s popular, New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series featuring werewolf talk radio host, Kitty Norville. Kitty Goes to War will be the eighth book in this successful mass market series.

review :

I was really excited to start reading this book because I loved the concept so much! There is an untold amount of mythology involved in this book from the Trojan War, to Greek gods, to fairy tales, and King Arthur! I didn’t know that so much would be involved when I started reading and that immediately addicted me to the story. Carrie Vaughn has a fantastic storytelling style that seems perfectly fit to the legends and old tales that she incorporated into her novel. Yet I feel like it was really missing something, despite all of the corresponding elements that I usually love to see in books.

While there were several great ideas presented in the book, it started to jumble together as the reader is brought through the modern day, as well as individual tales about Evie’s ancestors and how they dealt with the storeroom, and the story of Sinon’s past. It felt like there were several different book ideas conflicting throughout the majority of the book because it was just too much to take in all at once and these great, wonderful ideas Vaughn presents rarely have the chance to reach their full potential because they are fighting against other plotlines to gain enough focus to be seen through to the end.

That was something that really bothered me. Not even the modern-day lines seemed to go anywhere and the ending didn’t help that at all. I went and looked to see if there was a sequel to this or any kind of companion in the works but, no, this is it and I wasn’t satisfied with it. I’d recommend reading this just for the beautiful writing and the stories; it’s enough to spark the imagination and be thought of fondly, but with the confusingly large set of characters that go largely unexplored and the potential that is wasted, this would-be favorite of mine has been turned into a simply okay novel, nothing more.

I really hope to read more by Vaughn, though, just because of her beautiful writing style, and I hope that perhaps in her other novels her ideas come through more completely and in a more satisfying manner.

3/5 stars

2 stars · fiction · romance · series · young adult

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Goddess Interrupted

The Goddess Test #2
Book 1: The Goddess Test’

author: aimee carter

pages [paperback]: 296

memorable quote: “Being with Henry doesn’t mean you have to give up who you are. Henry doesn’t define you.” 

favorite character: pogo

summary:

KATE WINTERS HAS WON IMMORTALITY.
BUT IF SHE WANTS A LIFE WITH HENRY IN THE UNDERWORLD, SHE’LL HAVE TO FIGHT FOR IT.
Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.
As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.
Henry’s first wife, Persephone.

review:

I loved the first book of this series but had so many reservations upon starting up with this sequel. First off, what I liked so much about book one, the premise, has nothing to do with this because the test is over. That part of Kate’s life is done with so now she only has to deal with Henry. Or, rather, the lack of Henry, as he’s been avoiding her ever since she returned to the Underworld to be crowned queen. Not so happily ever after, unfortunately.

A lot of the time she wasted internal dialogue whining about how Henry wouldn’t so much as look at her . . . and blaming Persephone for all of that. Even after Persephone has purposefully stayed out of Henry’s life so that he might find someone who actually loved him and could make him happy, somehow it’s her fault that Kate’s marriage isn’t working out? -facepalm- I couldn’t believe that she remained so angry with her sister, and Persephone’s character was so changeable . . . She seemed to have a different personality in every scene, simply to fit in with how Kate was currently perceiving her.

So, yes, that ruined my enjoyment of the book and probably shredded my interest in even returning to this series at all. Maybe I’ll pick up the next book . . . Probably not. Most of the major plot movement we aren’t even told about, because Kate doesn’t really care about the possibility that the world is ending, does she? Nope, she just wants Henry to love her like she loves him. How she can love someone who shows no interest in her is beyond me, but I wanted to know what was going to happen with Calliope and Cronus and . . . Argh. Oh, Kate.  Unless she undergoes some huge personality transformation, I don’t think I’ll be liking her.

Usually I’d recommend mythological retellings, but I’d say skip over this one.

UNLIKEABLE. 1.5/5 stars